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How to Use the Address Book in a BitSeeds or Bitcoin Wallet

 Whenever you send BitSeeds to someone, their address and the label you gave it is saved automatically for you in the address book, much like an email program. 

This video takes a quick look at the address book giving you a couple of tips to make things easier for you when using a crypto wallet.

How to Cut Copy and Paste Tutorials

Learn How to Cut, Copy, and Paste on Windows, Mac, and Mobile

Learning how to copy and paste on a computer and on a mobile device like a smartphone (Apple iPhone or Android) or tablet device (Apple iPad or Android tablet) is a key fundamental skill a surprising number of people never learn.  I’ve recorded a new and updated version of an older lesson teaching these important skills and concepts.  I split it into two videos you can see below.

Part 1: Copying, Pasting, and the Clipboard – Terms and Concepts

Part 2: Copying and Pasting Step-By-Step on Windows, Mac, and Mobile devices [Click for full post]

how to order computer courses

How to Register, Place an Order, and Use This Site

Because so many people have asked for help with this, I’ve recorded a video that walks you through the entire process of placing an order for any of my easy computer courses.

It starts with a quick recap of the registration process (a free account is needed for viewing the courses), then shows you the Member Area where you access the lessons. 

The video continues by showing you how to select a course, add it to your cart, apply a coupon code for a discount, and concludes with checking out to complete your order. [Click for full post]

A Non-Technical Explanation of The Cloud and Apple’s iCloud

I’ve had a lot of people ask me to explain what “the Cloud” is, and whether it’s the same as Apple’s iCloud service. They also wanted to get a better understanding of what iCloud does, and why they’d want to use it.

This audio lesson explains both the Cloud and more specifically iCloud (which is Apple’s own cloud service) and an overview of how it works — it’s not just for iPhone and iPad, but also for both Windows and Mac computers.

Click the play button to have a listen: [Click for full post]

What is a File vs What is a Folder – Explained in Non-Technical Terms

I recorded this video a couple of years ago in answer to a question sent in by a Gold Club member who wanted to know what files and folders actually are.  In the case of that particular student, they had no real idea what either term meant.

This is understandable because people commonly misuse the two terms.  In some cases I think they know better but are being a little sloppy in their choice of words, but a lot of people really don’t get the distinction between the two.

Like a lot of tech words, they actually do make sense once they’re explained right. The video shows you a simple way to understand the difference between file and folder that should help them both make more sense so you can use them correctly. [Click for full post]

Simple Computer Tips That Will Make Your Life Easier

Computer users have a wide range of experience and levels of understanding of their computers. The great majority of users have just learned the most basic features of a few of the thousands of programs out there.

It really can be a help for you to learn computer basics that you may have been taught. But that’s nothing to be ashamed of — even the most advanced computer user was at that level at some point, myself included.

Even if you’re just using your computer for word processing, learning a few simple skills can make your life a lot easier. [Click for full post]

Learn Computer Basics & More With New iPhone & iPad App

I’m very happy to announce the release of my new app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad – Basic Computer Training & Tips iOS app:

Learn Computer Basics & More on iPhone or iPad Computer Training AppThe app includes hours of my quick & easy video and audio computer lessons that teach you basic computer terms and show you step-by-step how to use the computer in Plain English. This only came out today, but in future versions I plan to make many more of my lessons available, but this is just version 1.0 – got to start somewhere! In addition to the lessons in the app, you can submit a computer question to me directly from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and you can also find links (and bonus free lessons from)  my computer training audio albums that are available on iTunes. I’ve recorded a tour of the app which I’ll post separately. If you have friends or family with an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, please share this page with them with the share buttons above or below this post!  

What is a Hard Drive & What is Ram Video Lesson

Here is one of my early video lessons (please excuse the video quality) where I use one of my Plain English explanations of computer terms — explaining what a hard drive is and what RAM is, and what they do in your computer.

Many people confuse those two terms with each other, and many people don’t understand either at all. If this is true for you, it’s not your fault— it’s just never been explained to you in a way that you could relate to.

Watch this video and both computer terms will finally make sense, even if you feel like the most basic computer user in the world: [Click for full post]

Computer Basics – Tips to Understand Forms & Use Them More Easily

In this video computer lesson I want to share some tips to help you understand how forms work (including order forms, surveys, newsletter signup forms, etc.). 

This covers a lot of fundamentals that more basic computer users often need help with, but also includes tips for how you can use your keyboard and mouse together to navigate more easily and save time and effort — using simple steps that even experienced computer users often aren’t aware of!

In the video I use the order form on my website as an example, but the same principles work on most forms you’ll ever have to fill out on a computer — whether you’re talking about a form on a website, or a form in a program stored locally on your computer which has nothing to do with the Internet. [Click for full post]

How to Use Long File Names For Organizing Your Computer

Have you ever been stuck in traffic behind a car with one of those custom license plates like “LUVYZ1” and you’re scratching your head for a couple of minutes trying to figure out what on Earth it’s supposed to mean? I was doing that earlier today on my way home and it made me think of a computer tip I thought I’d share with you to make your computer more organized and easier to use. Back in the day when I first got into computers, the names of files on your computer were a lot like custom car license plates: you had a very limited amount of space to name the file and so you were forced to come up with weird abbreviations just like you see on license plates. To this day I still have a few really old Word files which have names such as “MITYLIKE.DOC” where I had to try to describe what the file was in the 8 characters I was given to do so. (If you’re not sure what I mean by “characters”, that’s the term that includes letters, numbers, and punctuation) If you’re wondering, the above example is a short story I wrote in 1990 or so which was inspired by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a classic short story written by James Thurber which also made into a film starring Danny Kaye. Knowing that, you can see why I named the file MITYLIKE, and can probably also see why I wished I could’ve given it a longer and more descriptive name? So what does this have to do with make your computer more organized and easier you might be wondering? Well, something I’ve noticed over the many years I’ve been helping people with their computers is that most people don’t take advantage of the ability to use descriptive file names, and they’re making things harder on themselves as a result. Now this is no criticism at all if you’re making this computer mistake yourself, but that’s why I’m writing this to help you. You see, in the 1990s, the maximum length for file names went up a lot from the old 8 character name plus 3 character extension for DOS or Windows PCs, and the 31 character limit older Apple Mac computers had to a total of 255 characters. (The “extension” is the end part after the dot, such as .DOC which is used to tell the computer what type of file it is, such as a Word DOCument.) These “long file names” give you the ability to give useful & descriptive file names which can make your life easier when organizing and locating files. You can name (or rename) a file by clicking once on the name of the file (not the icon!) pausing a moment, then clicking again and you should see the name get highlighted. Note: this is *not* the same as double-clicking the file name. This is a single click, a short pause, then a second single click with the left button on your mouse. You can then type in a nice long descriptive file name such as “Unnamed short story inspired by “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.doc”, which I’m sure you’ll agree is much easier to recognize than “MITYLIKE.DOC”! And don’t worry about counting the letters in the name while you’re typing; your computer won’t let you type any more than you’re allowed. I also suggest you might put a date or maybe a version number into the file name, especially if you keep different drafts of a document.  If you do this you’ll want to write the date something like 7-7-2011 rather than 7/7/2011 as the / character is not allowed on Windows PCs (and I recommend this for Mac users too to make the name more compatible in case you ever send it to a Windows computer). One last thing is, as I mentioned above, the extension (such as .doc) is there for a reason and you should leave that part as-is.  Many newer computers will automatically help you avoid accidentally changing that part of the file name, but not all do. By taking advantage of the long filenames allowed by modern computers, you can help yourself more easily recognize what a file is, and it can help turn up the file you’re looking for if you do a search on your computer for information you’re needing, that photo you want to look at, and so on. Hopefully these tips will help you get more out of your computer and make your life a little easier. I’ve used these suggestions myself for many years now and and very glad that I did. Really has made my life easier on many occasion. Remember, if you do need more help with this, I show you step-by-step how to do all of this and much more on my computer basics video lesson CDs. If you don’t already have these CDs, they are video recordings of the actual screens of the computer where you get to see each click of the mouse and sit back and watch every step while my voice comes from your computer’s speakers, walking you through the entire thing in simple Plain English. While each easy lesson CD has an hour of material, individual lessons are 30 minutes or less, with most being just 5-15 minutes long so it’s easy to learn at your own pace. You can find out more on my site and even place a secure order if you want by using one of the following two links: Fundamental Windows Computer Skills – Training CDs or Fundamental Apple Mac Computer Skills – Training CDs Either way, until next time, take care, and enjoy, Worth Godwin Plain English Simplicity For This Complex Modern World